Why You Should Pray in Tongues

why should pray in tongues

The ability to pray in tongues is one of the signs, that follows those who believe in Jesus Christ. This is revealed in Jesus’ declaration, before His ascension in Mark 16:17. We saw this became possible on the day of Pentecost, when 120 disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.

It has since become a common phenomenon among those who believed in Christ, and believed in the promise. There are great benefits for believers, who have received the baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in another tongue.

The baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the accompanied evidence of speaking in tongues, take believer’s’ prayer life, to a whole new dimension. Let us quick explore six, out of the many benefits of praying in tongues.

Praying in tongues affords you the privilege of a secret conversation with God: 

When you pray in tongues, no one, either angels, men, or the devil understands what you are speaking about, except God.

It is a customised language of the spirit, reserved for the conversation between you and God. It is not everything you want to pray about, that everyone should know about.

There are issues reserved for the hearing of your Father alone, and praying in another tongue, gives such advantage.

“For the one who speaks in a tongue, speaks not to men, but to God. For no one hears. But in the spirit he speaks secret things.” (1 Corinthians 14:2 RGT)

Praying in tongues enhances your effectiveness in warfare

In Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians’ church, we were commanded, to put on the whole armour of God, so that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Having itemised each armour, he concluded, by asking us to pray in the Spirit always.

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” (Ephesians 6:18 NKJV)

It suggests, that praying in the spirit is a vital connective action, for the effective working together of the armour. It is not enough to put on all the armour, without praying in the spirit.

Praying in tongues enables you to pray supernaturally:

There is just very little you can handle in prayer, when you pray in your understanding. Praying with your understanding engages your mind, soul and intellect.

Consequently, you are limited by the weakness of your senses, and your command of the language . But, praying in tongues involves your spirit connecting with the Holy Spirit’s utterance, expressing and dealing with issues that your mind cannot ordinarily comprehend.

You can touch issues beyond the coverage of your present season, into season yet to come. While you can become short of what to pray about in your understanding, with praying in tongues, you can continue hours in the spirit, because it is your spirit that is praying.

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. (1 Corinthians 14:14)

Praying in tongues connects you to the unfailing intercessory ministry of Jesus Christ.

Praying in tongues actually connects you to the intercessory ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Remember Jesus is identified in the scripture, as our intercessor who lives to make intercession for us.

Similarly, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us, with groanings that cannot be uttered. It is the Holy Spirit who gives believers the utterance, when we pray in tongues.

We know the Holy Spirit receives this utterance from Jesus, because He doesn’t speak of Himself, but whatever, He receives. So, whenever a believer prays in tongues, he is praying exactly what Jesus is praying about, before the Father.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26 NKJV)

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own [authority], but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare [it] to you.” (John 16:13-14 NKJV)

Praying in tongues advances your spiritual progress

Praying in tongues edifies, a believer and advances his spiritual progress. You can’t pray in tongues, and remain on same level you were, before you started praying.

Paul declares that he prayed in tongues more than the believers in Ephesus. I am convinced, he did pray in tongues more than the rest of the apostles. It is evident in His results, he wrote more than half of the New Testament books.

Those who are not praying in the spirit, do not know what they are missing. Paul did not only advance in the spirit, he also advanced the church. A man who is not advancing in the spirit, cannot move nor build the church.

“The one who speaks in tongues advances his own spiritual progress, while the one who prophesies builds up the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:4 TPT)

Praying in tongues is a sure way of praying the will of God.

Don’t forget, it is the Holy Spirit that gives utterance when we pray in tongues. In other words, He prays through us when we pray in the spirit.

The scripture reveals, that He prays and makes intercession for us, by the will of God. So you cannot pray in the spirit and pray a selfish prayer.

It is not possible to pray amiss; when you pray in tongues, because of the Holy Spirit’s involvement. You are sure to be praying the prayer that God answers

It is your turn to start enjoying the benefits of praying in tongues. If you are not yet baptised in the Holy Spirit, this is the right time for you.

The only condition for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, is that a person must have accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. The next step is to ask God, to baptise you with the Holy Spirit.


“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luk 11:13 NKJV).